Lille have reportedly accepted bids from Arsenal and Napoli for 22-year old centerback Gabriel Magalhães, according to multiple outlets. It’s now down to Gabriel to decide where he would like to play. Arsenal are believed to be favorites to land the young Brazilian, according to some French outlets. The agreed-upon fee seems to be in the €30M range.
I’d note, however, that La Voix du Nord, the paper that broke the Pepe deal, does not have Arsenal as favorites. Their reporting does not have anything about which club Gabriel prefers at this point.
A decision could come as soon as tomorrow, but I wouldn’t expect anything official from either Arsenal or Napoli until later this week, regardless of where he picks. Whichever club he chooses will have to prepare the announcement, and that takes time.
Arsenal were reportedly interested in Gabriel in the January window, but at that time, Lille were looking for north of €40M. If the reports of the agree price are accurate, it’s a significant price decrease, almost certainly caused by the financial strain caused by COVID-19-related shutdowns.